Tour Managing for the First Time

Note: I was lucky enough to snag a gig as the Tour Manager for the Jake Clemons Band. This entry is a brief reflection on our 4th day of tour.

We arrived in Bowling Green, Ohio around 11pm and checked in to our AirBnB booking, The Art House. It’s a house adorned with original art, and the décor is very much inspired by a sense of purpose. After drinking whiskey with lemonade ice cubes for a few hours, we realized our hosts were a special breed. I say this because when I said I have to do work, Sven, one of our hosts called me a bitch in the most endearing way possible and I took it as a compliment. The house, which rests on a river with amazing catfish holes, is a mecca of relaxation. There’s a hot tub, and the vibe is just right.

Tour will change a man—even if it isn’t your first time—but most importantly tour introduces you to people you’d never meet otherwise and circumstances you’d never experience. It forces you to step outside your comfort zone, to take life as it comes, and to appreciate the little things. Really, it makes you learn how to be grateful for what you have, even if it isn’t much—and sometimes it’s more than you could ever ask for. But that is the beauty of it, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but man, do you learn how to roll with it, to approach each moment with a level of grace. Being on the road teaches you that life is a balance, no matter how cliché that sounds.

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